Robert Keefer joined PCM on June 1, 2013.  "Pastor Bob" received his BA degree from Dartmouth College on June 10, 1979, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.  His major course of study was Spanish Language and Literature.  He received his Master of Divinity on June 2, 1982 from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his PhD from Union Ins...titute and University on July 31, 2006.  Bob enjoys singing, acting, and running as some of his main recreational activities. More
Robert Keefer

December 20: On "Messiah"

The sermon on December 20 was a performance of several sections of Part I of Handel's "Messiah." Here is the introduction I gave before we sang. On Messiah Advent IV; December 20, 2015 Text of portions of part I of Messiah Music by G. F. Handel, book compiled by Charles Jennens Messiah was composed as a piece for the theater, not for church. George...
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Sermon for December 6: The Servant of the Lord

Robert Keefer - The Servant of the Lord

​ The Servant of the Lord Advent II; December 6, 2015 Luke 1:26-38 I can't imagine Mary had any idea what she was getting herself into when she said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." She knew she was signing up for a major project: nine months of pregnancy, childbirth – both of those always risky, but ...
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Sermon for November 29: Hope is Hard

Robert Keefer - Hope is Hard

​ Hope Is Hard Advent I; November 29, 2015 Luke 21:25-36 Is anybody else ever tempted simply to give up? To stop trying? I'll tell you about a recent Friday. It was at the conclusion of a difficult week – too many meetings, too many chores, too little rest, too little laughter. That Friday started with a series of text messages urging me to do some...
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Pastor Bob's Building Blog - November 20

Pastor Bob's Building Blog November 20, 2015 Your Session made three big decisions this week, all to move us forward in our building program toward the second fifty years. This message is to tell you about those decisions and to project what is coming up. The first decision was to sign a contract with Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture to provide...
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Sermon for November 15: Take Hold of Life

Robert Keefer - Take Hold of Life

​ Take Hold of Life Pentecost XXV (O. T. 33); November 15, 2015 I Timothy 6:17-19 The few wealthy people I have known were folks who were good to be around: pleasant, good conversationalists, interested in public affairs and the arts, and even humble. They didn't make a show of their wealth, but enjoyed it and also were generous with it. But I unde...
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Sermon for November 8: Relax, the Lord is Near

Robert Keefer - Relax, the Lord is Near

​ Relax, the Lord is Near Pentecost XXIV (O. T. 32); November 8, 2015 Philippians 4:4-9 I'm feeling a little resistant today, both to the stewardship theme and to Paul's instructions. First, the stewardship theme: "free from the uncertainty of riches." Okay, I get it: as long as our basic needs are met, and we trust God to meet our basic needs, the...
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Sermon for All Saints: Rich Toward God

Robert Keefer - Rich Towards God

​ Rich Toward God All Saints; November 1, 2015 Luke 12:13-21 Once again I paired my theme Scripture with a difficult passage, this time from Ecclesiastes (2:18-23). The Preacher (that's pretty much what "Ecclesiastes" means, "preacher") laments that a person works hard and accumulates money and goods and then dies and leaves them to some idiot who ...
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Sermon for October 25: "For freedom Christ..."

Robert Keefer - For freedom Christ ...

​ "For freedom Christ…" Reformation Sunday; October 25, 2015 Galatians 5:1-6 "For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery." Freedom and slavery: these are themes that Paul writes about. In the United States, we talk about freedom a lot, but we have not been very good at agreeing on what we...
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Sermon for October 4: The Gift of Friendship

Robert Keefer - The Gift of Friendship

​ Sermon Series: Relationships in God's Family The Gift of Friendship World Communion; October 4, 2015 I Samuel 18:1-5 There are some amazing friendships in the Bible. For today's message, I will tell you about two of them, then remind you of what Jesus had to say on the subject. I've said to you before that in the Bible there is a lot more about f...
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Sermon for September 27: The Gift of Work

Robert Keefer - The Gift of Work

Sermon Series: Relationships in God's Family The Gift of Work Pentecost XVIII (O. T. 26); September 27, 2015 Ephesians 6:5-9 I put in the Google search-box "Jokes about work" and in a third of a second 147,000,000 results presented themselves. No surprise there, right? Our general attitude about work is that it is a necessary evil, the means to gai...
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Sermon for September 13: The Gift of Marriage

Robert Keefer - The Gift of Marriage

Sermon Series: Relationships in God's Family The Gift of Marriage Pentecost XVI (O. T. 24); September 13, 2015 Genesis 2:18-25 I don't know what I was thinking when I decided to preach a sermon on marriage. The subject needs a series of its own, not simply one sermon. So, let me start by offending everybody and touching on three difficult bullet po...
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Sermon for September 6: We Think, We Pray, We Act

Robert Keefer - We Think, We Pray, We Act

​ We Think; We Pray; We Act Pentecost XV (O. T. 23); September 6, 2015 Romans 12:1-2 and Matthew 18:15-20 I did a little web-browsing to see if my hunch was supported by evidence: that decision-making is largely emotional. Apparently it is. Do a little web-browsing yourself and look at the scientific literature: when emotions are impaired, we find ...
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Sermon for August 30, 2015

Robert Keefer - Sermon for August 30, 2015

​ There is quite a swirl of feelings going on in this room now. There is anger, some focused at particular individuals and some unfocused. There is fear: what will happen now? There is dismay: how could this happen? There is sadness, there is bafflement, there is a sense of betrayal. Some of you feel more than one of these at the same time; all of ...
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Sermon for August 23: Sometimes a Light Surprises

Robert Keefer - Sometimes a Light Surprises

​ Sometimes a Light Surprises Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost (O. T. 21); August 23, 2015 Psalm 123 This has been quite a week in my world. As a Pastor, I know things about people I wish I didn't have to know. As Stated Clerk of our Presbytery, I know things about churches and pastors I wish I didn't have to know. When I sat down to draft the ser...
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Pastor Bob's Building Blog - August 20

Well, we are near to having some real plans to show you. Your Building Task Force will offer a look at our plans on September 13 during adult Sunday School and will also receive your input. It's still a little early for such details as "I think the bathrooms should be green" or "Let's have this sort of tile in the serving area in Fellowship Hall," ...
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Sermon for August 16 - Godly Government

Robert Keefer - Godly Government

​ Sermon Series: God and Country Godly Government Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost (O. T. 20); August 16, 2015 II Samuel 23:1-7 Well, it's started: the 2016 horse race. Living this close to Iowa we particularly notice it; has anyone been to meet any candidates across the river in Council Bluffs? The aspect of the race that interests us this morning i...
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Sermon for August 9 - God and Country: Loyalty

Robert Keefer - God and Country: Loyalty

​ Sermon Series: God and Country Loyalty Pentecost XI (O. T. 19); August 9, 2015 II Samuel 15:13-29 Most of the time it is easy to be both a Christian and a citizen. But sometimes we face a conflict of loyalties between God and country. When we do face that conflict, how do we decide whom to follow? This is a story about loyalty, a dysfunctional fa...
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Sermon for August 2 - God and Country: Truth to Power

Robert Keefer - God and Country: Truth to Power

Sermon Series: God and Country Truth to Power Pentecost X (O. T. 18) II Samuel 11:26-12:10 Recently I told you the story of David and Bathsheba; I'll recap in order to refresh your memory. King David had fallen for a beautiful woman named Bathsheba, and he arranged for a tryst with her. When she turned up pregnant, he arranged for her husband to be...
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Pastor Bob's Building Blog - August 1, 2015

Pastor Bob’s Building Blog

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Sermon for July 19: I'm Sorry

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Sermon Series: How to Pray

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